Deputy injured, inmate killed in shooting at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks - WSMV News 4

Deputy injured, inmate killed in shooting at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks clinic

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Police have blocked off the area following a shooting at 100 Oaks Mall. (WSMV) Police have blocked off the area following a shooting at 100 Oaks Mall. (WSMV)
Convicted bank robber Rodney Cole was killed in the shooting. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Convicted bank robber Rodney Cole was killed in the shooting. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
Robertson County Deputy Josh Wiley was injured in the incident. (Source: Robertson County Sheriff's Office) Robertson County Deputy Josh Wiley was injured in the incident. (Source: Robertson County Sheriff's Office)
Police are working to determine how Rodney Cole obtained a screwdriver. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Police are working to determine how Rodney Cole obtained a screwdriver. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
Robertson County Deputy Tomisha Jones fired shots at the suspect. (Source: Robertson County Sheriff's Office) Robertson County Deputy Tomisha Jones fired shots at the suspect. (Source: Robertson County Sheriff's Office)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An inmate was killed and a deputy was critically injured in a shooting at the Vanderbilt clinic at 100 Oaks Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Metro police said Robertson County Deputies Josh Wiley and Tomisha Jones were transporting inmate Rodney Cole to the Vanderbilt outpatient clinic at 100 Oaks.

At one point, Cole asked to go to the restroom and Wiley escorted him there. Cole somehow obtained a screwdriver and began stabbing Wiley.

“The prisoner, Cole, was on top of him, stabbing him with this long screwdriver,” said Metro police spokesperson Kris Mumford.

Mumford said Jones heard Wiley screaming her name. She burst into the restroom and found Cole on top of her partner.

Police said Jones then opened fire. During an ensuing struggle, Cole briefly got hold of Jones' weapon before she was able to regain control of it.

Both deputies fired multiple shots. Cole was hit by the gunfire and died in the hallway.

“There was at least two guns involved. You have the screwdriver involved. So as this unfolds and as the investigation progresses, we will have more certainty,” Mumford said.

Wiley was injured in the shooting. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and remains in stable condition. Jones was not injured.

Police said Cole, a convicted bank robber, had a medical condition and routinely went to the 100 Oaks clinic for check-ups. No details have been released about what kind of medical condition he had.

Authorities are working to determine how Cole got his hands on the screwdriver.

“Part of our investigation is how did he get this long screwdriver? That’s part of the investigation. We don’t’ have answers now,” Mumford said.

Police worked to clear the building before the all-clear was given just after 4:30 p.m.

Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt released this statement Thursday morning:

In law enforcement, we train for the worst, but pray it never happens. Yesterday, an inmate viciously and violently attacked one of our deputies. Unfortunately, my deputies had to respond in the way no law enforcement wants to - with deadly force.

One of the deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the other deputy has suffered the traumatic stress of the incident. The support from our local community has been tremendous, and the assistance from our fellow law enforcement partners including Metro Nashville Police Department and Vanderbilt University Police Department has been incredible and humbling.

The care provided to Josh Wiley and his family by the Metro emergency medical staff and the doctors and nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been outstanding.

Deputy Wiley is still in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit after surgery yesterday and is facing major surgery today. We ask that you continue to keep Deputy Wiley and his family in your prayers. Please also keep Deputy Tomisha Jones and her family in your prayers as she deals with the traumatic stress of this incident.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following statement concerning the shooting:

This afternoon at one of our clinics on the Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks campus there was an incident involving law enforcement officers from Robertson County escorting an inmate. The incident was quickly resolved but resulted in the inmate being shot and is deceased, and one officer being transported to Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital for treatment. There were no other injuries from this incident. In accordance our policies, and out of an abundance of caution, employees and visitors on the One Hundred Oaks campus were advised to shelter in place while a thorough sweep of the building was conducted by law enforcement officers. The safety and well-being of our patients and employees is always our first concern.

Cole, 37, was serving a 15-year sentence for an aggravated robbery in Montgomery County in 2014. He was awaiting sentencing for his conviction in the robbery of a Clarksville bank in 2013. He also had previous convictions in Davidson County for robbery, attempted carjacking, aggravated burglary and evading arrest.

Cole was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. The Robertson County Sheriff's Department contracts with the federal government to hold its inmates.

Channel 4 reached out to Vanderbilt to ask about its policy on transporting inmates to its clinics for appointments. Officials said there is no policy in place.

Officials said 100 Oaks will be open to the public on Thursday.

Stay with Channel 4 and WSMV.com for updates on this developing story.

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